We're pretty proud of all our wines, but the feeling around here is that NINO is the best thing we've done all year. It was launched last week at YouthCARE Canberra's Rugby Dinner, with a good chunk of the stock selling on the night. Now it is available in Cellar Door and here, but even better, it is on the shelves at some of the best independent shops in Canberra: Ainslie Cellars, Jim Murphy Market Cellars and Jim Murphy Airport Cellars. And even better, these guys are all kindly buying it from us at full retail price, the same they sell it for, so 100% of the proceeds still go to YouthCARE Canberra!
According to Max Allen in The Australian (6/9/16):
Nino is the name of a new wine from Mount Majura Vineyard in the Canberra district. It’s a 2016 pet nat — petillant naturel, naturally sparkling wine — made from the juice of pinot gris grapes, and it’s delicious: full of the flavour of white peaches and lemon pith, crisp, refreshing, clean-tasting and more-ish. It was made with no additions at all — wild yeast, no preservatives — and it finished fermentation in the bottle, which means the wine is cloudy, thanks to the presence of the yeast lees (Nino stands for “nothing in, nothing out”). This makes it more delicious, giving the wine a round, caressing texture on the tongue.
It’s one of the best locally produced pet nats I’ve tried, but that’s not the only reason it’s worth tracking down. Mount Majura is donating all the proceeds from the sale of the wine to YouthCARE Canberra, an outreach service for young people at risk — and at $25 a bottle with 180 sixpacks made, that’s a fair chunk of useful cash to be raised.